New composite sketch released in 1976 double murder

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A new composite of the suspect who murdered a newly engaged Green Bay couple in Marinette County 42 years ago has been released.  With the new rendering, it may be able to bring the Town of Silver Cliff community and the couples’ families closer to finding answers. 

The Marinette County Sheriff’s Office says that DNA evidence helped uncover more features and details about the suspect. 

The 42nd anniversary of the double murder is today. 

On July 9, 1976, 25 year-old David Schuldes and 24 year-old Ellen Matheys were camping in McClintock Park in the Town of Silver Cliff. 

The couple had gone for a walk when a suspect shot and killed both of them. The suspect had also sexually assaulted Matheys before killing her.

Alan Walesh, the owner of Jungle Jim’s bar just a few miles down from the campgrounds, was 13-years-old when it happened. 

“I was babysitting for friends the night that it happened, neighbors behind us,” Walesh said. “We found out about it on TV.”

Two men who heard the gunshots that day ran to the park to find out what happened. They told investigators they saw a light blue car with Michigan plates, as well as a man holding a gun, in the area.

If you recognize the man depicted in composite sketch, contact the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office at (715) 732-7600 or call your local police agency.

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